The original property refers to the area as "Rat Portage"
This property dates back to 1881, when the land was owned by the Husband Company. In 1885, Thomas Spencer along with his partner Frank Clark purchase the property for $100, Thomas was the newspaper editor, businessman and politician. He was connected to Sir John A MacDonald and Louis Riel. His wife was Charlotte Spencer.
In late 1885, David Thomas purchased the property. He was the first jeweler in Kenora. One of his catalogs was donated to the Lake of the Woods Museum.
John Kerr Brydon purchased the property in 1886. He prompted the name change from "Rat Portage" to "Kenora." John had an interest in the town of Kenora and he participated in the Boundary Settlement between Ontario and Manitoba. At the time John built 14 homes in Kenora, as well as practicing law and becoming the town clerk.
In 1887 Roderick Lennon purchased the property. Roderick was a contractor, businessman, newspaper owner, militia officer and a politician.
William Young who was the justice of the peace at the time purchased the property in 1891. William was one of the first to discover gold in the area.


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This home is a very well-kept piece of history that was so clean and full of amenities! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
From a completely dish-stocked kitchen to endless firewood, we were very impressed with the overall experience. We didn't have to worry about anything but food. No need to call for extra towels or even toiletries as there was plenty on hand. The graciousness of the owner has already made us talk about going again next year. Hopefully the boat dock will be available by then. Located in the most convenient part of Kenora, shops within walking distance and impeccably clean... so relaxing! Thank you so much! Kim Klopick

Clean, very comfortable and a great view. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I enjoyed a very restful stay just steps away from downtown Kenora.

Fantastic water front home ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The Lake of the Woods property is a terrific getaway find. Located minutes from the main water front area, just a block away from shopping, dining, museums, sightseeing, and much more. We were greeted by the owner,Lydia, when we arrived.She showed us through the apartment pointing out all the main features, while giving us a bit of history on the great home. Everything is updated and modern. King-size bed in the master bedroom with a view of the lake, two other bedrooms with queen sized beds, sofa beds in the living room and sun room. Room for 10 comfortably. There is a fully stocked kitchen. Lydia even had tea, coffee, and cream& sugar at the ready. Full sized fridge, which was great for us as we were transporting the wedding cake for our son's wedding that week. Pots, pans, bowls, glasses, cutlery, dinnerware, and everything you could want. She even made blueberry muffins to enjoy after we settled. The house is so quiet we got the most restful sleep in weeks. It was so centrally located we walked almost everywhere. Most evenings we sat out at the fire pit in the back yard and watched the boats go by and the sun set. Lots of dining around. I especially enjoyed the Cornerstone Restaurant. The Almond coated, cheese stuffed chicken is to die for! On the evening of the wedding we had the wedding guests(20) come back to the house, with Lydia's permission. We all relaxed either by the fire or up in the spacious living room. Everyone was so complementary on our surroundings. It never felt crowded. I will definitely be returning to this wonderful home.

Beautiful, clean house in a perfect location! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a perfect stay at this house over August long weekend. The house was spotless and the location was great for walking around downtown and listening to harbourfest music. Lydia made us delicious muffins and was so friendly and accommodating for us. Thank you so much for everything Lydia! Would highly recommend this spot!

Awesome! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A great apartment in a great location! We loved it!